Nobles Parents' E-Newsletter

December 2013

Nobles Parents' E-Newsletter December 2013


Find Your Strength! (Then Work on the Weakness) by John Gifford, Head of Middle School

My eldest daughter, Adelaide, loves The Beatles. She loves them with a passion that is visceral, emotional and at times almost overwhelming. She describes Paul’s voice as smooth and round while John’s voice is like a tin can. While I don’t exactly understand the tin can reference, I still think that she is onto something. 


Parenting as a “First Responder” by Kate Ramsdell, Interim Dean of Students

Recently I, along with almost a dozen other members of our faculty, attended a talk by Catherine Steiner-Adair based on her new book, The Big Disconnect: Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age. While her thrust was our collective, increasing dependence on technology and the resulting effects on family life, I was most captivated by her discussion of adolescent decision-making and the concept of “parent as first responder.”


Text Less, Live More by Ben Snyder, Head of Upper School

In a mid-November assembly, two students shared the story of a recently graduated Milton Academy friend who was tragically killed as she was biking across the United States. Merritt Levitan was killed by someone who was texting while driving. To honor Merritt, the “Text Less, Live More” campaign has begun at Nobles and Milton with many signing a pledge not to text and drive and to wear a “Text Less, Live More” bracelet as a reminder. 


Stress Management at Nobles by Jennifer Hamilton, School Psychologist/ Licensed Educational Psychologist

Here's the thing about Nobles that prospective parents won't learn from reading Boston Magazine or US News rankings:  While Nobles is a "10" out of "10" for academic rigor, it's an "11" for emotional support. Nobles' true commitment to the welfare of the "whole child" comes from the top down.

Class Notes

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Class Deans' Corner

Class IV Dean's Report


From the PA Co-Chairs

At this time of both giving thanks and celebrating the season, we would like to recognize all of the hard work done by parents this fall to bring our community together! We hope you have found our events fun and informative and a way to be involved and engaged in the Nobles community.


Nobles Night 2013

Head of School Bob Henderson at Nobles Night 2013

On Nov. 16, 2013, more than 800 graduates, parents and friends of Nobles gathered in the Castle to celebrate the official launch of Be Nobles Bold: the Campaign to Secure Our Mission. The campaign aims to raise $112 million in the next three years, with $60 million of the total to support endowment. To date, $61 million has been raised.

Read more about Nobles Night 2013 on the Be Nobles Bold website and see a photo gallery by selecting the "click for more" button below.

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Nobles Theatre Collective

Nobles Theatre Collective The Memorandum 

We would like to thank the parents of the cast and crew for their support in the weeks leading up to the production of The Memorandum. 

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The Studies Show: A Podcast Review of Top Dog






Nobles Learning Specialists Gia Batty and Sara Masucci review the book Top Dog: The Science of Winning and Losing, by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman.

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